C. Crane Skywave and Skywave SSB out of stock – What is the best alternative?
I currently have a poor quality and ancient emergency hand crank radio and was looking to upgrade this aspect of my preps.
After reading the Best Emergency Radio Guide, I decided to purchase a C. Crane Skywave or C. Crane Skywave SSB emergency radio. I was disappointed to find, although I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, that the C. Crane Skywave and C. Crane Skywave SSB are both out of stock with a potential ship date that is several months out at best.
Given what is going on in the world right now, I’m not sure I feel comfortable waiting a few months (or more, knowing the current state of the supply chain) to upgrade my emergency radio.
The main reason I am looking to upgrade is because of the Russia / Ukraine situation and the increasing tension between Russia and the US / NATO countries. While I think it’s still relatively unlikely, I believe the possibility of a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia is becoming enough of a possibility where I want to be prepared for the situation if it were to occur. I believe part of that is having a really good radio on hand to be aware of potential incoming threats and to get information in the aftermath of a potential attack. Besides that scenario, it will be helpful in many other emergency scenarios.
I am hoping somebody could share some advice as to what emergency radio (C. Crane brand or other) would be best to have on hand in the above scenario, excluding the Skywave and Skywave SSB which is currently out of stock? C. Crane seems to have a number of different makes / models – so many so it’s a bit overwhelming.